Carnegie Mellon University
July 21, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Kathy Newman Reflects on 60th Anniversary of "On the Waterfront" and How Oppressive Working Conditions Still Plague Labor Workers

Carnegie Mellon's Kathy Newman Reflects on 60th Anniversary of

The Story: "On the Waterfront," the Academy Award-winning film about an ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman who stands up to his corrupt union bosses, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week. Starring Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Madden and other iconic actors, the film, widely considered to be one of the best ever made, also was surrounded in political controversy. Most people believe that Director Elia Kazan made the movie in response to those who condemned him for naming former communists working in the film industry before the 1952 House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC).

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